The Elder Care Community Council (ECCC) is pleased to announce that we have returned to daily lunch served from Holy Family Senior Center with a few changes.

We have had some very generous donors that have helped us get through the past few weeks by purchasing meals from local restaurants that were distributed out to those in need. Others have reached out to us to volunteer, prepare food, or give monetary donations and provide support. We also provided grocery bags with the makings for lunch that were distributed on Sundays the past three weeks.

This week, Apalachicola resident Liz Early is preparing lunch in the kitchen at the Center. "I am really excited to be a part of this great community organization," she said. "First, because it will give me an outlet for some of my very restless energy, especially during these uncertain times. Second, I love to cook and let's face it, cooking for one is no fun!"

The lunch participants can drive up to get lunch or volunteers will deliver it out to those that can’t drive to the center, which remains closed. We are working hard to keep everyone connected and loved. Wellness calls will continue to check on seniors and to keep everyone safe in their homes.

If you or someone you know is in need or would like to help out, please call Val Webb, ECCC president, at 850-370-0116. You can also email Pay Pal donations can be made on We are all in this together, and any donation, small or large, will help us bridge the gaps for seniors during this especially challenging and stressful time.

The Garden Butterfly Buddies have been gearing up for spring by setting up a watering schedule for the native milkweed and other herbs and flowers in the raised beds at Holy Family Senior Center. They are busy preparing the vegetable beds with new soil, donated by ACE Hardware, and planting tomatoes and seeds. They are using garden tools donated by Betsy’s Sunflower to tend the garden beds. If you are interested in getting on the schedule to stop by and help water and weed the gardens, let us know at

Volunteers are providing ECCC with hand-sewn face masks for distribution and we so appreciate their creativity, generosity and skills. If you are in need, let us know. We wish everyone to stay safe and connect with ECCC, your family, friend and neighbors.